What is the Purpose of an Ignition Interlock Device in New Jersey?

There are many penalties involved in a DWI charge. One of the most common is the requirement to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. If you are facing a DWI charge, do not hesitate to reach out to the Law Office of Carl Spector today to discuss your options. Our experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorneys are on your side.

What is the purpose of an ignition interlock device in New Jersey?

You will likely be required to install an ignition interlock device if you were charged with a DWI. An ignition interlock device requires that you provide a breath sample before you start your vehicle. If you blow into the device with a blood alcohol concentration above .05%, the car will not start. Furthermore, as you are driving, you will likely have to provide more breaths to show your sobriety level. If you fail to provide a breath sample when asked to, the device will emit an alarm and will make you pull over.

It is also important to understand that these devices are taken very seriously and prevent other people from using them on behalf of the driver. Attempting to use another person’s breath to be able to turn on your car is a violation and harsh penalties are likely to ensue.

Do I have to install an ignition interlock device?

A first offense DWI with a blood alcohol concentration over .15% may require the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. It may also be ordered if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test. It is important to note that the device must be installed after the driver’s license is returned for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year.

If the driver’s blood alcohol concentration is lower than .15%, then the choice on whether or not that individual will need an ignition interlock device installed is up to the court.

Individuals facing a second DWI charge may have to install the device for one to three years after their license is reinstated. This also applies to drivers with third convictions or the refusal of a breathalyzer test.

If you have not installed a device when ordered to do so, the court can require another year of license suspension. If you are facing the consequences of a DWI, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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